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The Tipton County School system strives to provide our educators and administrators with relevant and meaningful professional development opportunities:
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Grades 3-5 PLC Update
posted Dec 7, 2016, 11:34 AM by Web Master [ updated Dec 7, 2016, 11:35 AM ]

The 3rd-5th Grade PLC will meet on the following dates at the locations listed during 2nd semester. Heather Crowson is the facilitator. The meetings are open to all teachers of grades 3-5 and begin at 3:30 pm.

January 24 - ATES

February 28 - BES

March 14 - AES

April 11 - MES

May 2 - CES
Winter/Spring Book Studies
posted Nov 29, 2016, 1:24 PM by Web Master [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 2:13 PM ]
Winter/Spring 2017 Book Study Opportunities
Tipton County Schools
The book study opportunities below will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Each group is limited to 12 participants and may not be repeated. If you are interested in participating, please email Angie Davis at adavis@tipton-county.com to sign up. The book will be provided for participants. Participants must attend all sessions in order to receive the PD points. Dates are published in advance for planning purposes.

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen

Drawing from research, experience, and real school success stories, Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind reveals
  • Smart, purposeful engagement strategies that all teachers can use to expand students' cognitive capacity, increase motivation and effort, and build deep, enduring understanding of content.
  • The (until-now) unwritten rules for engagement that are essential for increasing student achievement.
  • How automating engagement in the classroom can help teachers use instructional time more effectively and empower students to take ownership of their learning.
  • Steps you can take to create an exciting yet realistic implementation plan.
Jennifer Clark will lead a study of “Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind” on February 22nd , March 8th and March 22nd at Brighton Middle School in the library from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. 8 PD points. This is a repeat from 1st semester due to popular demand.

Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education by David Perkins

David Perkins, a noted authority on teaching and learning and co-director of Harvard's Project Zero, introduces a practical and research-based framework for teaching. He describes how teaching any subject at any level can be made more effective if students are introduced to the "whole game," rather than isolated pieces of a discipline. Perkins explains how learning academic subjects should be approached like learning baseball or any game, and he demonstrates this with seven principles for making learning whole: from making the game worth playing (emphasizing the importance of motivation to sustained learning), to working on the hard parts (the importance of thoughtful practice), to learning how to learn (developing self-managed learners).
  • Vividly explains how to organize learning in ways that allow people to do important things with what they know
  • Offers guidelines for transforming education to prepare our youth for success in a rapidly changing world
  • Filled with real-world, illustrative examples of the seven principles
Patrick Smith will lead this book study at Brighton High School in room 121 from 3:30 – 4:30 on January 26th, February 16th and February 23rd. Participants will receive 9 PD points. This is a repeat from 1st semester due to popular demand.

Phonics and Spelling through Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping Book by Kathryn Grace

This book study is open to K-5 teachers who attended professional development lead by Dr. Carol Tolman in Tipton County on June 6, 7, or 10, 2016 and already have the book.

Day 1 (January 19) 3:30-5:00 MES Phoneme-Grapheme-
*What is all of this and why is it important to my classroom?

Day 2 (January 26) 3:30-5:00 MES Where do I start with my students?
*Phonics Expectations by grade level. What are my students’ learning gaps?
*Using the assessment results to drive instruction. Matching lessons to students’ skill levels.

Day 3. (February 16) 3:30-5:00 MES Developing a Lesson-
*Develop a lesson.
*Step by step process of a phoneme-grapheme lesson

Day 4. (February 23) 3:30-5:00 MES Activities for Instruction-
*Discuss how the lesson was taught.
*Purposeful activities for instruction
*Periodic review of previously taught concepts

Day 5. (March 2) 3:30-5:00 Homework / Walk to Learn
*Meaningful homework beyond writing words for memorization
*Research-based Walk to Learn activities without using all your copies!

This book study will be led by Heather Crowson at Munford Elementary School on the dates and times listed above. Participants will receive 12 PD points. This is a repeat from 1st semester due to popular demand.

The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core by Harvey F. Silver, R. Thomas Dewing and Matthew J. Perini

Many states have worked to increase the rigor of their curriculum and many have revised their curriculum since the original adoption of the Common Core. Regardless of the name of the curriculum, educators were looking for the ways to translate the rigor of the new standards into practice. Enter the Core Six: six research-based, classroom-proven strategies that will help you and your students respond to the demands of a rigorous curriculum.

Thanks to more than 40 years of research and hands-on classroom testing, the authors know the best strategies to increase student engagement and achievement and prepare students for college and career. Best of all, these strategies can be used across all grade levels and subject areas.

The Core Six include
  1. Reading for Meaning.
  2. Compare & Contrast.
  3. Inductive Learning.
  4. Circle of Knowledge.
  5. Write to Learn.
  6. Vocabulary's CODE.
For each strategy, this practical book provides
  • Reasons for using the strategy to address the goals of the Common Core.
  • The research behind the strategy.
  • A checklist for implementing the strategy in the classroom.
  • Multiple sample lessons that illustrate the strategy in action.
  • Planning considerations to ensure your effective use of the strategy.
Any strategy can fall flat in the classroom. By offering tips on how to capture students' interest, deepen students' understanding of each strategy, use discussion and questioning techniques to extend student thinking, and ask students to synthesize and transfer their learning, The Core Six will ensure that your instruction is inspired rather than tired.

Led by Carlyn McMillian, participants will study the strategies, put them in practice and collaborate on ways to improve that practice. The group will meet at Munford Elementary School 3:45 - 4:45 pm on the dates below. Participants will receive 13 points for completing the study. This is a repeat from 1st semester.

January 17
January 24
February 6
February 14
February 22
March 7

Classroom Management for Art, Music and PE Teachers by Michael Linsin

Teaching every student in the school, sometimes several times a week presents the ultimate classroom management challenge. If unprepared, it will leave you buried under a mountain of stress and student misbehavior. This book study has the following goals:

*Inspiring your students to want to behave.
*Creating a simple classroom management plan.
*Improving listening and attentiveness.
*Speaking with power and influence.
*Building rapport and positive relationships.
*Gaining control of any classroom.
*And much more....

Led by Laura Joiner, this group will meet at Atoka Elementary School from 3:30 to 4:30 on the dates below. This book study is worth 10 points.

January 11
January 25
February 8
February 22
March 1

The Book Whisperer-Donalyn Miller

“Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.”

In this professional development book study, participants will read and evaluate Donalyn Miller’s strategies and suggestions to help students become better readers in a world where text exploration is necessary for student success. Each participant will read the noted text individually and will meet several times after school to analyze the text. Participants will experience true professional development through peer interaction and collaboration and receive 10 PD points upon completion. This is a repeat from 1st semester due to popular demand.

Meeting Dates: Updated January 10, 2017

January 25, 2016—3:45 P.M.
February 8, 2016—3:45 P.M.
February 22, 2016—3:45 P.M.
March 1, 2016 –3:45 P.M.
March 15, 2016—3:45 P.M.
PLC and Book Study Updates
posted Nov 3, 2016, 1:45 PM by Web Master

Please note that the Fine Arts Professional Learning Community Meetings have been moved from Atoka Elementary to Brighton Elementary School. The remaining dates are listed below.

November 17th
December 7th
January 26th
February 23rd
March 23rd
April 20th

Also, the date for the Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence in the Common Core book study meeting has been changed from November 8th to November 14th. All meeting times for that study are 3:45 - 4:45 at MES. The remaining dates are listed below.

November 14
November 29
December 6
December 13
January 9

Look for new book study sign-ups when we return from Thanksgiving Break!
New PLC Group
posted Sep 29, 2016, 8:20 AM by Web Master

With the implementation of Mastery Connect, a new PLC will begin meeting twice a month so that users may share and discuss ways to utilize the tool to drive instruction. The Mastery Connect PLC will be facilitated by Tracy Speight and will meet at the Brighton High School Library from 3:30 - 4:30. It is open to all grade levels and subjects. Please join this community and learn from your peers! For more information contact Tracy!

Oct 17th & 24th
Nov. 7th & 14th
Dec. 5th & 12th

Topics will include but not be limited to the following.

Navigating Mastery Connect
How to use: Trackers, Assessments, and App
Making a PLN: Community & PINS
Using Socrative

Additional topics and dates will be added in the coming weeks!
2016-17 County-wide PLCs
posted Sep 8, 2016, 7:30 AM by Web Master [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 6:25 AM ]

Beth Smith will be facilitating the Professional Learning Community Meetings for grades 1 and 2 this year. The first meeting will be held at Brighton Elementary in the library on October 18th from 3:30 to 4:30. For a complete list of meeting dates, please see below.

November 15
January 24
February 21
March 21
April 18

Heather Crowson will be facilitating grades 3-5 Literacy Professional Learning Community Meetings for the 2016-17 school year. All are welcome. The meetings will rotate school sites - please check back here for changes and times.

September 27th at BES
October 18th at CES
November 15 at AES
December 6 at MES

Laura Joiner has announced dates for the Fine Arts Professional Learning Community Meetings. All meetings will be at Brighton Elementary School. Please check back for times!

September 29th
October 20th
November 17th
December 7th
January 26th
February 23rd
March 23rd
April 20th

The dates for the PreK-K Professional Learning Community have been announced by the facilitator, Janice Smith. The group will meet at Brighton Elementary school library at 3:30 pm on the following dates.

Tuesday, September 20th
Thursday, October 20th
Tuesday, November 15th
December: No Meeting Scheduled at this time
Thursday, January 26th
Tuesday, February 21st
Thursday, March 23rd
Tuesday, April 18th
May: No Meeting Scheduled at this time

Book Study Topics for Fall 2016
posted Aug 31, 2016, 9:19 AM by Web Master [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 9:20 AM ]

For fall of 2016, Tipton County Schools will offer professional development opportunities for teachers on a variety of subjects through small group book study. These opportunities are detailed here and will provide teachers with the chance to collaborate on a topic in depth with other teachers across the county. Teachers will earn Professional Development Points based on the number of meetings and amount of worked required. In order to earn the PD Points, teachers must attend all the meetings as provided in the information.
Dr. Carol Tolman Visits Tipton County
posted Aug 17, 2016, 1:12 PM by Web Master
Tipton County Schools welcomed Dr. Carol Tolman, National Trainer for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling, (LETRS) to Crestview Middle School June 6-10, 2016. Dr. Tolman worked with 1st and 2nd grade teachers on teaching reading. Pictured above, Dr. Tolman modeled strategies with students.
District PLC Meetings
posted Jan 7, 2016, 12:23 PM by Web Master

Start your new year off right! Join your peers from across Tipton County Schools to learn from each other and grow professionally while addressing current issues. Participating teachers will receive certificates of attendance. Tentative schedules for the remainder of 2015-16 are listed below. Please contact your grade level instructional coach for more information. Principals will be notified of any last minute changes.

PreK and Kindergarten - Janice Smith
Brighton Elementary School Library at 3:30 pm
January 19, 2016
February 23, 2016
March 15, 2016
April 19, 2016

1st Grade - Heather Crowson
Brighton Elementary School 3:30 pm
January 21, 2016
February 18, 2016
March 17, 2016
April 12, 2016

2nd Grade - Heather Crowson
Brighton Elementary School 3:30 pm
January 28, 2016
February 25, 2016
March 15, 2016
April 19, 2016

3-5th Grade ELA - Carlyn McMillian
Munford Elementary School Library 3:30 pm
January 27, 2016
February 24, 2016
March 30, 2016
April 27, 2016

3-5th Grade Math - Bonnie Overland
All meetings begin at 3:30 pm
January 25, 2016 Munford Elementary School
February 22, 2016 Covington Integrated Arts Academy
March 14, 2016 Austin Peay Elementary School
April 18, 2016 Atoka Elementary School

Middle School Math - Jenifer Clark
Brighton Middle School - 3:15 - 4:30 pm
January 13, 2016 Last Days Before the Big Test/How to Use Mastery Data in the Last Days
February 29, 2016 Supporting Works of the Grade/Teacher Rejuvenation
March 30, 2016 Looking at Quintiles & Growth/How Do We Challenge Our Upper Quintile?
April 20, 2016 Second Big Test

Middle and High School ELA - Dr. Patrick Smith
Brighton High School Room 121 3:30 - 4:40 pm
January 28, 2016
February 25, 2016
March 31, 2016
April 21, 2016
District PLC Meetings
posted Oct 27, 2014, 6:29 AM by Web Master [ updated Oct 27, 2014, 6:32 AM ]

Join your peers from across Tipton County to discuss current issues in education, learn from each other, and grow professionally. Participating teachers will receive certificates of attendance. Contact your grade level instructional coach for more information.